Trance Dance, of which there are countless different types, has been around for centuries. However until recently it was only common in certain areas of Bali.
Trance dance is usually performed to exorcise illnesses and epidemics, to restore balance to the world and to communicate with the spirits.
Hence the fact that there is a revival of Trance dance during ceremonies all over Bali during Covid 19.
The images here are of the 'Horse Dance' where the 'dancers' will run through the fire on a hobby horse.
The woman who chose the dancers in a separate ceremony will at the end of the ceremony have a message from the spirits on how to turn around this adversity.
© Ineke Willeboordse